I think it’s safe to say no folk musician has had a ride quite like Pete Seeger’s long and winding career. Fighting against civil injustice since the 1940s, he has spoke out against racism, environmental abuse and, actually, really anything he considered to be a violation of basic human rights. The 92-year-old, still politically active, Seeger has always been a man of the people. Now Ann Arbor will celebrate him with a tribute show for his birthday. For Pete’s Sake is a night of Seeger covers and singalongs from local admiring musicians such as Chris Buhalis, Gemini, Michael Hough, and Sally Potter. Just hope none of them decide to go electric, or old-school. Pete might sense it from New York and have a freak out. Just kidding, birthday boy. 8pm. $10. 316 S. Main St. www.theark.org.
“can’t hold on // I can feel time as it bends…” Just some lyrics from a composition called “Endings” by award-winning jazz vocalist Estar Cohen; and this propulsive image aptly fits for her music career, as each year since her 2015 graduation from the University of Toledo has gotten busier, faster, more exciting. You can
An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all
Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,
An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays